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    August 2, 2013
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more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. right now, this abbey vanity combo is a special buy. just $299. hi, everybody. i'm thomas roberts. an unusual move by the state department. sources telling nbc news a possible al qaeda threat is forcing it to close several u.s. embassies abroad on sunday. >> the department has been apprised of information that out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our insulations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. >> of the 284 worldwide some of the places in fact, included major consulates in jordan and israel and egypt and iraq. these closings could go longer than sunday and state department
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says it depends on the analysis of the threat. sunday is the start of the workweek in many muslim countries and it may be tied to ramadan, the muslim monday of fasting which ends on wednesday. already no details of the exact threat but a short time ago, republican congressman ed royce said it was linked to al qaeda and what happened in ben ghazi the administration would not take any steps. >> like the attack on ben gasha, someone forgot to circle the calendar that it was 9/11 and we might want to be contingency plans in place. this time the intel steps are being taken. >> joining me is joel rubin. the threats, the jat chchatter. put this together for us. obviously this is significant for the state department to take this type of extraordinary step.
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>> yes, thomas, it is significant. shutting down an embassy does elevate the situation and makes people in the country recognize that there is a threat potentially that has been identified. it shows that the administration is taking extreme caution right now. as chairman rice said, there have been problems past in historically august in particular is the month where there is increasing chatter and intelligence community oftentimes will pick up more noise and we see that the administration is being vigilant in this case. >> when you talk about the chatter and august being that month again, highlighting the end of ramadan coming up on wednesday, august 7th, if that is the philosophy, why not wait out what the u.s. is making so public and if there is some type of plan, hold off? >> the risk in holding off one
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could leave embassy facilities exposed. it's good to make sure people in these countries recognize the embassy is not open for business and they shouldn't come and visit it. it's also important to send a signal we are watching and we are aware that those who may be talking about doing something harmful, are aware that the u.s. is knowing what it is that they are talking about. so a lot of signaling going on. you can see by the comments from the state department, they are very common measured and i think that that is really the type of image that is trying to be portrayed right now. >> is this the post ben ghazi relate? obviously, we lost four lives, you know, our diplomat. is this just the relate that we have to live with now and the fact that this administration wants to be pro active steinste of raevealistic in cleaning up h a tragedy? >> a lot of money goes into it. roughly $3 billion a year. we have to get used to this but
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we have to remember our embassies are not fortresses but our face to these countries and need to be opened for business. taking precaution but not overdoing security where we then can't engage directly with the people and the governments in these countries. it's a very hard balance to have. >> so everybody understand, joel, because security is provided by the country in and of itself. >> yes. it is. the tharntings are made for shutting down an embassy and falling on the security, that will be done in a partnership at the local level between the u.s. regional security office and the local government offices as well. there likely will be some american marines there all the time stationed at the embassy as well. >> i want to switch taunopics a the issue of edward snowden. >> russia has stabbed us in the back and each day that snowden is allowed to roam free is
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another twist of the knife. as long as prime minister putin acts like a bully, we have only one choice, to stand up to him and show him that bullies pay a price. >> joel, this is really confusing to a lot of people. we got information from glenn greenwald did a program that the nsa has been using. it's a complete conflict, a complete going back on his word and now we see snowden roaming free and is considered a russian citizen the next 12 months. >> it is a frustrating situation and the administration has put in a significant amount of energy in engaging russia. is there a crisis in syria and russia has been playing gobel l
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in preventing another nuclear iran. we have to make sure we don't lose our focus on these issues, but this is making it very difficult. it is as buck mckeown and the house has said it shows that it's a difficult relationship but, at the same time, it's one we have to navigate through. >> this adds a completely new layer to that. former state department officer, joel rubin, thank you. have a good weekend. >> thank you. it is the first friday of the month. that means it's time to talk about the jobs numbers. we know that topic was a high point on the president's agenda this week. >> what is the message you're bringing to the hill today? >> jobs. middle class. growth. >> are some republicans treating you like -- >> good to see you. >> what have they done to shut down -- what negotiate to republicans? >> let's break down where we stand. the numbers that came out this morning at 8:30. the labor department reporting
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162 jobs created last month. enough to push the unemployment rñylñ down to 7.4%. we haven't seen it that low since december of '08 but that number of jobs created was less than expected. what does that mean as we look ahea joining me to break this down is jared bernstein. ron, fewer jobs added but the unemployment rate went down to 7.4% again, the best we have seen since december of '08. what does it actually mean that is going on with the economy? i can hear you. i thought you were starting with jared. >> i'm going to start with you. it's friday so i'm going to give you a pass for being slow on the upstart for me, my man. >> okay. well, listen. the number as you said was a little weaker than expected. we got a private payroll estimate earlier in the week from adp which processes payroll reports for companies around the country saying the private
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sector created 200,000 jobs. gdp stronger than expected this week and jobless claims dropped yesterday to a five-year low. this number is expected to be revived. manufacturing data was more than expected. it's still not quite strong enough to do what we need to do which is get the real unemployment rate down in a meaningful way that doesn't necessarily see that number drop. >> jared, let's talk more about that and pivot off what ron is saying. obviously, there is a trend that we have been watching and as we look at that trend with the unemployment rate going down, the steady decline since january. ron makes this great point that the economy is still somewhat anemic and what does this mean for the obama administration as we see that is the president's main agenda by going to the hill this week and talking to both sides, the house and the senate side, about jobs, middle class,
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and growth? >> well, first of all, let me just say that i didn't find today's number particularly anomalous. i think it's consistent with an economy that is growing and growing reliably. i think recessionary risks are very, very low, but growing too slowly. if you average out some of these quarter numbers, growth over the first half of the year has been 1.4% in gdp at an annual rate. that is just not fast enough to bring the unemployment rate down quickly. it will bring it down slowly and that is what we have been saying. now, interestingly, getting tour question, i think the president in his own words is saying much what i just said. he said we are reliably growing but growing too slowly and we need to do more on the fiscal policy side what he is calling for in the near term to help boost the short-term growth rate and get a first or second-greer economy into third or fourth year. >> you say growing too slowly but, ron, what does this mean? the stimulus program, we know the fed chief ben bernanke said
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he would begin to roll that back once there is improvement on the job situation. so if that happens, take that pillar out, then what happens? >> i'm not sure that is the case, thomas. in this week's meeting and the decision on interest rates in the federal reserve, they gave no indication of an immediate roll-back to their bond buying program which is designed to hold down long-term interest rates. the fed is not going to raise short-term interest rates until the unemployment rate itself is at 6.5% or even below. what we don't know -- or do know the unemployment rate may not be falling for the right reason. it could be people are leaving the labor force. it's not falling because more and more people are employed, although we are seeing improvements on the job front. the federal needs to see a comprehensive uniformity in the labor department before it unwinds anything. i'm in the camp that disagrees the fed will -- i don't think they are getting the right labor mark reads to move forward with that program and i think we will
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start to hear and see more about that. >> can i add to that? i'm in the same camp with ron. ron and i are going to the same summer camp for this here. but i'd add one very important data point. what ron said about the employment situation is exactly right and in less than ben bernanke said we are watching the employment rate. but the other thing is inflation. the fed watches that very closely and, if anything, the growth of prices a has decelerated, it has slow inside recently quarters. i think all of the data points are pointing to the fed to continue to keep the monetary medal to the metal. >> thank you both. have a great weekend. developing news out of boston. whitey bulger will not testify at his federal trial. the 83-year-old facing more than 90 criminal counts including murder, racketeering, an
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you took 11 years of my life away. and i have got it back. i spent 11 years in hell. now your hell is just beginning. >> that was michelle knight, just one of the three incredibly resilient kidnapping survivors who suffered a decade of torment and sexual assault of aerial castro, this man. yesterday we got a first look at the prison michelle knight and amanda berry and gerrgina dejesus endured. that was just the beginning. joining me is a clinical psychiatrist and specializes in
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working with victims of ptsd. for the victims who have given survivor impact statement, they know how hard it is because of the perpetrator being just feet away from you at that time. >> yes. >> the emotion that goes into this. it was just amazing to hear the fact that this guy, aerial castro, give up and give a 16-minute die triotribe and cal himself a victim of his own addi addiction. i want to play a short part of what he had to say. >> find in their hearts to forgive me. because we had a lot of harmony going on in that home and if you seen amanda this weekend, that right there in itself proves
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that that girl did not go through torture. because if that tra was true, do you think she would be out there partying and having fun? i don't think so. >> he is trying to seek forgiveness from these women and throwing himself at the mercy of the court based on the fact these women, these girls that were taken and interrupted are showing signs of resilience after getting their freedom back. it seems quite delusional. obviously, he is going to spend the rest of his life behind bars. the important thing there is resilience being shown from these women but we need to be mindful that they were robbed of such an important time period in their lives. >> absolutely. to hear this really troubles me because on one hand he is trying to accept some responsibility but, on the other hand, not take any at all. that is one of the hallmark of what you see with people in his situation that have antisocial personality or psychopath you would say. i think it's difficult for the victims to hear this because what they want is stability and
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what they want is validation. when somebody says we lived in harmony, but i can harm you. i don't know what you're talking about. i didn't rape you daily. you enjoyed living there and you wanted to be there. to me it takes away from the validation that a trauma victim needs. they need to know what is real. a lot of times when people are dealing with trauma, they have to cut themselves off from the reality and the pain of what is happening. . so they can deal what wwhat is going on. sometimes they have some positive sentiment toward the perpetrator more as defense mec mechanism to handle this. you can't live in that every day and still survive. >> we learned from some the friends about stockholm syndrome and victims become dependent on their perpetrator because they craft them and groom them to be that way. >> exactly. >> i think a lot of people, they certainly, after watching michelle knight, know that this young woman is a warrior and a survivor and does have an
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optimistic future ahead of her. take a look at this. >> writing this statement gave me the strength to be a stronger woman. and know that there's good -- there is more good than evil. after 11 years, i'm finally being heard and it's liberating. thank you all. i love you. god bless you. >> it's liberating. doctor, for them at this point right now where everything is so heightened and there is such a sense of justice that is coming to them, now here comes a lot of the hard work ahead to make sure that they are protecting themselves, are potential triggers that could really take their freedom off course. >> right. we see that a lot of times trauma victims may have a period of stability and almost like strength, that sort of comes out of nowhere but that may be a few months, a few years down the line. some other trauma. even a small event. a loss in the family. you know, family member dies or separation or divorce or
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something can destabilize them. looking ahead i would say continuing as much social support as they have and knowing that each individual is different so we thaw is a michelle knight felt comfortable coming to court but the other two women didn't so everybody deals with trauma and has different coping mechanisms and have a certain respect and to give support as needed. as michelle knight was talking about the outpouring of support and i feel for someone who went through so much and for her she went more than what we think the other two did as we were ab sorrying a lot of it and reflecting it from the other two, to me i'm amazed how the human spirit is able to bounce back in this situation. >> send them nothing but the best wishes. thank you, doctor, for being here. we will be right back with more after this. that's right for y, including the lexus es and ct hybrids. ♪ this is the pursuit of perfection.
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quote, aren't anywhere close to a deal to avoid a lifetime ban for him. sources telling espn if rodriguez does not agree, he will have to fight the league through arbitration and while it's not clear the length of suspension either side would accept, a-rod is said to fight it mainly in an attempt to salvage more than the 100 million dollars on his contract. joining me now is dave briggs of nbcnz@tz sports network. this has a lot of people scratching their heads because if the mlb has the evidence it needs against a-rod and the b biogenesis gajeds why not pull the trig. and deal with it. >> the lifetime ban? >> the lifetime ban and making everybody suffer through there. >> the lifetime ban is a massive overreach. no chance major league baseball gets that. that is like a divorcee asking for the house and the money and the dog. you know you're not going to get it.
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you know you want that 200-game suspension probably the rest of this year, all of next year. >> his age and his condition isn't that a lifetime ban there? >> it is. you would be coming back to baseball at age 40 after missing two full seasons and he was a mediocre player when we last saw him on the field. look. that is what they want and that effectively would end his career and give him north of $60 million from the yankees. >> is this about a pride agenda for him at this point fighting back and trying to hold on to -- he was a star. he was a star player. >> not just a star. he was the greatest player in baseball. the guy who is going to break the all-time home run record. that was a given. >> talk about that given, though. that is an enhanced given. >> right. >> it gets us to this whole crux of what came first, the chicken or the egg. was a-rod that great of a player. >> no question about it he was that great of a player. you go back to high school this guy had every tool a player could possibly need. had the look to go with it. ba was a tremendous defensive
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player in terms of a hitter. is it about pride? i think right now he is that criminal who is locked in the house surrounded by the police. they have got all of the evidence. he isl 2 just trying to figure how to make it out of here alive. he wants some of that money, the reputation is gone. much like anthony weiner, it was gone when he pushed send, okay? so he just trying to salvage something, some pride and try to get back on the field for whatever he has got left. >> those people in trenton will see him on the field tonight. do you think he'll -- >> zero chance. he will play in trenton tonight and tomorrow night. have your head checked if you want to see him and go to trenton. he will not play for the yankees again this year. he could play monday in chicago. no chance major league baseball wants that to happen. all the suspensions have to happen by monday. because some of these players, major league baseball would like to return to the playoffs, they don't want this scandal to stain the entire postseason. they have to do it by plon. as any president will tell you you have to release bad news on a friday night and you can't do it on a monday.
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do you it on a monday, ask obama, he'll tell you. but if you do it on monday you get an entire week of bad press out of this which may happening because a-rod is going to fight this thing all the way. >> we will continue to watch this. dave's new show talk about this. "sports stash" a partnership with yahoo! sports and kicks off on the nbc sports network august 19th at noon. although dave still promises he'll make appearances at 11:00 on this show. >> any time you need me. >> we are back with much more after this. these are good. told ya! i'm feeling better already. [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews. enjoy the relief!
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bill share. it's great to see all three of you. bill, start with you on this. you got a post up at the week.com asking what republicans want more. if they have got to go for this a government shutdown or the senate. why can't they have both? >> they can't have both because they have a very good chance of taking the senate right now. they could get the six seats d!1 that they need if they don't upset the apple cart. if they become the face of washington dysfunction then all bets are off. you already have the public saying 25%. they only have 25% approval of their handling of congress as it is today and people don't want more dysfunction and they can't pass off the blame for a government shutdown when you have senator ted cruz openly campaigning for it and saying you'll be no different than when government closes for the weekend. they lose leverage and budget negotiations they have to accept more tax increases and putting
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off sequester cuts. if they can't get the rest of their party to agree, they can forget about the senate. >> even when there is a situation playing out right now in kentucky, like a referendum on what is happening within congress. polls showing there minimum tch mcconnell is a dead heat with his opponent. he has a tea party challenger in this matt bevin. could this race be a good predictor what is come to happen in 2014? >> it is fascinating. you finally have a referendum on republican control of congress. this idea of obstructing everything obama stands for, filibustering every piece of legislation and work for them in 2010 but are voters sick of it and will it work in 2014? the names you mentioned ted cruz will add to that marco rubio and rand paul, these are the presidential hopefuls and they are calling for the shutdown and their math is that by 2016 in
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the primary in 2016, that is going to be a big hit and i don't think that is the case particularly when it comes to obama care when people are enrolling in the health care program. they will remember that those senators try to take those benefits away and i don't think that is going to play well, but you're right. it's interesting. they are not so concerned about winning back the senate, that group. they are concerned about running for president. >> you bring up ted cruz and you bring up rand paul and also marco rubio. let's talk about rubio. he was a part of the immigration aid over on the senate side and trying to get bipartisan immigration reform. what happens in 2014 if boehner tries to bring up immigration reform? how does that hurt the chances of taking back the senate? >> i think it will help them. the larger problem on the table is we are assuming the republican party is unified and if anything the fact that the senate definitely is within
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reach. it doesn't mean necessarily that the house republicans care. they like a massive dysfunction. how do you create an agenda you can bring in the tea party and put them back in the bottle and say it's bigger the house. if we don't get the senate we don't have a shot at the white house. you have not only government shutdown but the idea that immigration isn't going to pass. the demographics are against the republican party and they have to figure out how do you actually coalesce and win the senate and how do you bring the tea party on board to make sure that you have a functioning government? >> igor? >> it was disheartening to hear a paul ryan as a town hall this week answering a questioning and saying that boehner, the house speaker, has to bring the senate immigration bill to the house floor for a vote. i think that shared a lot of advocates of immigration reform and a sign of paul rein maybe another contender for 2016 taking a different tact saying
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voters want immigration reform and it is heated for the republican party to survive the national party and paving that way forward, a lot of pressure now on boehner between conservatives and folks like paul ryan who want to address this issue in a serious way. >> you make a good point there. did he learn enough to revise that plan and move ahead and look likej: a presidential contender. whether or not they are going to have to go back into another special session and the cost they are piling up however one republican state representative says wendy davis should have to pay for the special session prompted by her epic give filibuster's bill. he said the following. but isn't it really rick perry who decides on special sessions and that is how the deficit got
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raised on what their bill is? >> of course, it's ridiculous. you don't make someone pay money for exercising their rights as a legislature and using proper legislative rules. but i'm sure in texas, it's fantastic short-term politics that demonize wendy davis. long term, nationally, the optics are terrible for the republicans. if they care about winning the senate in 2014 and care about 2016 they can't be extending the war on women, they can't be obsessing about a 20-week abortion plan that punishes women who need abortions for medical reasons but if they are hung up on that they need to adjust and recalibrate to be nationally again and making wendy davis their public enemy number one is not the way to do it. >> the indicator of what we see in the texas legislature particularly when it comes to the treatment of women. >> thomas, it's really extraordinary. >> i think -- >> there was a piece in the texas observer earlier this week
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on wednesday. the behavior of some of these lawmakers is astounding. they watch pornography on their ipads. they make cat sounds when two women are talking on the floor. you know, wendy davis is really shaking up and breaking up the good old boys club down in texas and -- >> how resourced were those reports? >> yeah. >> the texas observer had a long piece on it on wednesday. >> maria, you wanted to say? >> basically, what wendy davis is symptomatic and so are the castro brothers of the changing face on the demographics of texas and the republican party -- i'm sorry of the domestic graphics of the united states. until they figure this out what they will do in the short term the gop may have a strong hold in texas in the short term did you participation of women and moderates are not with them. what is going to happen if they don't change their strategy of actually becoming much more -- much more open and making sure
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they are bringing in the new england wem, t -- it's a matter they have to modernize in order to survive as a political party. >> we will leave it there. thank you. have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> you can hear more from our panel on our website tv.msnbc.com. still ahead this hour a debate on one state and its education policy about what children learn in their science classes. could evolution be taught as fact? climate change is having a human cause. but, first, i want to show you this and send you out on a good note for a friday. our producer's pick from my entire thick. which is what you mix robert thicke and nbc jimmy fallon. the same musical instruments you'd find in a basic pre-k classroom. take a listen. ♪
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battle is brewing in connecticut over new science standards. the connecticut board of education dopted these standards in june and given the public a chance to voice their opinion. opponents are taking issue that evolution as fact and talking about the human role in climate change but supporters say it's an effort to make science education more uniform across the country and challenge resistance to proven scientific theories. >> outsiders are telling families that we must follow the rich man's elitist religion of evolution and then we no longer
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have what the connecticut says is the rights to worship almighty god! >> everything is actually based on evidence. arguments from evidence are actually given priority in the next generation science standards. >> joining me right now is robert bevins, the president of connecticut for science education. you were at last week's hearing as a supporter of the science sta'ì(lc% what do you say to the critics religion could ostracize the families that this approach is not religious enough, it's an atheist approach? >> i'm glad to be here, thomas. i have to say if i was going to say i want to tell a student something interesting, i want to tell them about a gamma ray burst that occurred 3.9 billion years ago in another galaxy, can i not say that simply because somebody at home believes that the earth is 6,000 years old?
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no. the reason that evolution is in there is because it's a vital part of biology and evolution is simply the uniting concept in biology. they are saying the standards call it a fact but that is never really true. the standards say that evolution occurs. the theory of evolution is what actually is used to describe it. >> all right. but let's talk about what the residents have the options of doing here in kentucky because they have written testimonies and were submitted formally by last wednesday. will these standards be implemented without revision? i mean where does it go from here? >> i believe it's going to be implemented without revision but it has to go before all of the committees and the legislature. they are currently meeting as joint committees. it's an odd year in kentucky. kentucky does not have full congressional sessions during even years so it goes before the joint committees. anything that might be affected,
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education, regulations, assessment, they all have to vote up or down. and from there, it goes to the governor and the governor will then sign it. even if the committees say that they are deficient. >> robert, the other big point out of this and not just about evolution is about climate change and whether there is the acknowledgment of the human role played in all of that as we know as a country, kentucky is coal country. it's the third largest producer in the u.s. in 2012, 78% jump from 2011 from exports. it awe employment talking by over 22% and prouk fell by 16%. how much of the opposition do you think is an economic one from the claims about climate change rooted in the fact that economics bear responsibility to the coal country climate there
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of kentucky? >> well, even the energy companies are split on this. exxonmobil support the science standards of the next generation. what is important is that studentsnd -- and these facts aren't left or right, they are not religious or atheist or secular. evidence is important and you have to teach what is in there. i've gone through the standards. i've gone through them page by page and looked for everything that could be used to say this is about climate change, humans cause climate change. i've found a handful of places where that is actually discussed and they all pretty much occur in high school. other than that, it's not going to be that emphasized but it's important. students need to understand this if they are going to go to college because, otherwise, a professor is going to sit there and say, oh, boy, i'm teaching remedial science again. these students just didn't get a
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good education. students that don't get a good science education, they grow up to be scientifically illiterate adul adults. this fight that is going on in kentucky is going to happen in 25 other states. we are just lucky we got a viral video out of it. >> we will wait to see exactly what happens with the legislative review that goes along with these new standards. thanks, robert, for your time. >> thank you, thomas. >> absolutely . anthony weiner in new york city talking about his wife and trust during their campaign event the last hour. take a look. >> you're exactly right. i violated my wife. di that. that was wrong. people have every right in the world to say it disqualified me but i'm not going to quit based on that. >> staying on message about why he is !oping in the warace. he is now shown in a poll to be in fourth place with the new
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we are excited to show you that we are kicking off a new series today called "go and do." it is an effort showing and highlighting groups who are taking action and making a mark in the name of others. the first spotlight is on a group called she's the first. the goal of this millennial organization is to help girls in developing countries be the first in their families to complete a secondary school education. take a look at this video from -- she's the first. ♪ ♪ >> in countries where "she's the first" working, the rate of
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enrollment are for schools in secondary school is only 33%. but, trying to make an effort in that is tammy, the founder of "she's the first." this is part of this new segment that we want to do on fridays where we feature and celebrate individuals like yourself who are out there making a big difference. but you say a lot of credit is not just to you but to millennials in general because of the interest that they have in this had. explain how you are getting their interest and what are you doing with their work. >> yes, absolutely. we are part of such a movement for girl's education right now. it is amazing what students and young professionals leveraging the power of their social media networks are able to do with their small contributions. >> how are you able to zero in on the countries where there are young women, young girls, that you want to see go on to secondary education? >> that's a great question. she's the first has formed partner ships with programs that are in ten different countries and we vetted those that are invested in seeing these girls through to their graduation.
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>> meanwhile, you're also invested here in the united states because as we were talking in the break, i think you said that guatemala is a main focus right now but also the united states is an area of interest for you as well. so you focus domestically. >> well, she's the first is devoted to making a local, as well as a global, impact. and we have a network of campus chapters at high schools, colleges and universities across the u.s., young people he who are fund-raising and advocating on behalf of girls their age around the world. >> how did you get involved? where was your inspiration to found this organization? >> i was the first in my family to graduate from college. i studied journalism and i did some volunteering after my graduation in liberia which exposed me to the issue for the first time and i saw the tremendous opportunity there was with my generation and the power of using or social media and creativity to find a solution. >> so what is the greatest thing someone has done to help contribute and what is the
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smallest thing that someone has done to be involved. >> well, to date she's the first has 250 scholars and we funded over 500 years of education and a cool way that we've done that is through a campaign that we call the tie-dyed cupcake bakeoff where students in the fall have bake sales at their schools during the same week and they have raised thousands upon thousands of dollars to send girls to school and 100% of that money goes directly to the girls. >> there are a lot of cleng kids that might be watching. at least their parents. how can they get involved? >> go to shesthefirst.com/campus. you can apply to start a chapter or donate. can you go and sponsor a girl today. >> when we talk about the money that it takes, for the education that you're looking -- like what's the investment solely for getting a girl through secondary education completely? >> well, for example. in nepal it only costs $300 a year. on average, $25 a month will
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support a girl. and the roi, what she'll contribute to her nation's gdp and the amount of money that she'll be able to raise to support her family and break the cycle of poverty in her community is amazing. >> it's -- when you think about that, $300 that will change a person's life forever. it's really amazing work. congratulations to you and what you're doing to help inspire people not just millennials. i know it is a big millennial thing, but gen-xe.r.s. can get involved. tweet goanddo. we'll share responses week to week. tammy, thanks again and congratulations. a few minutes ago we showed you a campaign event with anthony weiner. regrettably, this is the current video from just an hour ago. anthony weiner's campaign event here in new york. he dropped in the polls in the mayoral race this week coming in
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obama care and for the record, the bill they'll be voting on is called the keep the irs off your health care act. at a news conference this morning, nancy pelosi acknowledged just how ineffectual congress has become. >> how do you explain to the american people that today congress will go in to an august recess and after more than six months in this congress, this republican congress, we still have no jobs bill with, we have no budget bill, and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling. >> the biggest trouble brewing in washington might be the short time congress has to fix the problems they've created. when washington lawmakers return in september they'll have just nine legislative days to figure out how to fund the government. 23 they can if they can't do it, a government shutdown